GeneralsJoes Reviews Danger at the Docks (Regular Retail Version)

It’s been a couple of weeks since I reviewed the ComicCon exclusive Danger at the Docks set, and now it’s time for me to cover the regular Toys “R” Us release, a set that actually caught me a bit by surprise.

While many folks were busy caressing the SDCC set and appreciating its vintage accuracy, I found myself quite impressed with the new urban deco of this repaint.

Check out my 50th Anniversary Review page, or just click the links below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews 50th Anniversary Danger at the Docks (SDCC)

Continuing the momentum from my previous early 50th Anniversary reviews, I have now posted an exhaustive look at the Danger at the Docks San Diego ComicCon exclusive set!

It’s broken down into two reviews, one for the Night Landing with Eel and one for the VAMP with Flint.  Included in the review is a rundown of every single accessory that comes with the foot locker and exactly what changed with each weapon (or if they stayed the same).

Check out the 50th Anniversary Review section, or click the direct links below.  Enjoy!

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Clarification on the SDCC Exclusive 50th Anniversary “Danger at the Docks”

When the images came out over Toy Fair weekend and revealed that the brown VAMP MK II w/ Flint and the Night Landing w/ Cobra Eel were marked “ComicCon” it caused a bit of a fan fury, as one might imagine.  After all, a vintage accurate Flint figure was voted the #1 fan demanded figure in the Concept Case survey back in 2012, and many fans were over the top excited that he was finally finding a way to retail shelves.

This excitement was quickly muffled by the thought that he might only be arriving on “virtual” shelves via ComicCon and the general chaos of HasbroToyShop the week afterwards.

Seeking some clarification, I reached out to the Hasbro Public Relations folks, and the current plans are a bit more fan friendly.  Take this with a grain of salt, as full details are still to come in the upcoming months, but the current plan is for the “Danger at the Docks” with vintage accurate VAMP MK II and Flint to debut at San Diego ComicCon, but then be available through Toys “R” Us afterwards.

This same formula was used last year for the Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave and Acid Storm, and early indications are that Hasbro will do this for the 50th Anniversary “Danger at the Docks” vehicle set.

Keep in mind, of course, the winds shift frequently in the toy world, so things might change, but as of this moment, fans can rest easy, it shouldn’t be as difficult to get this highly sought after vehicle and figure as some folks thought it might be.

Thanks to the always receptive folks with Hunter PR for responding so quickly amidst a very busy Toy Fair weekend.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe Kre-O Checkpoint Alpha and Serpent Armor set

G.I. Joe Kre-O week continues with a look at the Checkpoint Alpha build set and the Serpent Armor vs. VAMP build set as well!  I was struggling a bit with how to review these, since I really don’t have a Lego background, but some friends of mine just advised that I review them as a G.I. Joe fan would, so that’s kind of what I went with.

You might notice I’m ironing out some of the review kinks.  I don’t have box images or sticker images necessarily…some of those will come later.  I was battling an eager 7 year old who wanted to jump right into these things.  So you can either check out my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Page, or the direct links below:

Sponsor Update – Yetibrew Design offering 30th VAMP Rocket Launcher!

If you’re like me, you probably bought a bunch of 30th Anniversary VAMP’s just for the excellent Steel Brigade Delta driver.  If you’re also like me, you’re looking for a good way to use those extra jeeps…  well, Yetibrew Design might have just the thing for you.

Leveraging the 3D printing services of Shapeways, Yetibrew Design is producing a great looking custom rocket launcher for the back of your 30th Anniversary VAMP!

Click here to check out this great new item, and I’ve also mirrored the images below.

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A great Top 10 G.I. Joe vehicle list at Robots PJ’s

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of top 10 figure and top 10 vehicle lists, and it seems that in many cases we get pretty used to the choices that appear on those lists.  Items like the USS Flagg and the Skystriker are pretty standard fare on those lists.  While those are some very neat items, I don’t think they always capture the real spirit of what made G.I. Joe great.  Even back in the 80’s, the Real American Hero line was as much about Cobra’s wacky sci-fi tech as it was about the familiar jeeps, tanks, and fighter jets on the Joe side.

 

Long time G.I. Joe fan RobotsPJs put together a great top ten list of vehicles, and I am loving his choices.  Sure there are some familiar faces on there like the VAMP, but there are some other terrific out-of-the-box choices there as well.  Some entries that you might not expect, but will likely make you smile when you see them.

Check it out on RobotsPJs here.

G.I. Joe: Special Ops website updates with new characters and gear!

As if G.I. Joe: Retaliation wasn’t enough, we’ve got the upcoming social media G.I. Joe: Special Ops online game that is looking more out of this world with every reveal!  Today we’re introduced to the Special Ops version of Roadblock, Lifeline, Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, the Cobra Stun and G.I. Joe: Wolverine, and things are looking awesome.  Very much a vintage aesthetic, with some neat 30th Anniversary twists.

Lifeline is clearly based on the way the 30th Anniversary figure looks, with those unique differences from the classic version.  Roadblock, on the other hand, is looking like his old school Tiger Force version.  Pretty awesome.

Check out the latest details at the Special Ops website on SyFy.com, and I’ve mirrored some nice images below.  I mean, doesn’t it seem like we’ve been waiting for some kind of game like this forever?  When have we gotten such character and vehicle-accurate renders for any kind of video game?  I’m getting pretty excited to check this out, just in case you couldn’t tell.  I’ve mirrored darn near every image we’ve seen so far, check out the most recent ones on the end.

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GeneralsJoes Special Review Week begins – 30th VAMP and Crimson HISS

Oh it’ll get better from here, I promise.

But to start off with at least, I’m playing a bit of catch up with the Bravo vehicles, and posting reviews for the recently released 30th Anniversary VAMP and Crimson HISS!  Yes, I will review the Black Dragon as well, but there are only so many hours in the day.

I figured this would be a nice gentle way to ease you guys into the GeneralsJoes Special Review Week, with many more very cool things in store.  Check out the 30th Anniversary Review page, or hit up the links below:

G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary attacks US shores

It wasn’t all that long ago that I reported a rumor stating that the 30th Anniversary toys would be hitting domestically on or around August 16th.  Well, it’s the 21st, and while the target date of the 16th wasn’t quite right (my bad) we are starting to see the first signs of a full scale G.I. Joe 30th Anniversary invasion.

First and foremost, from HissTank.com, Lord Norin reports that he found a Black Dragon VTOL and VAMP Mark II at a local Wal-Mart!  Not only have they hit, but they are retailing for around $20.  In that same thread, many other reports of the same thing.  HissTank member umanumanamo was even cool enough to share some images and a review of the incredibly awesome Steel Brigade Delta figure.

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Also, Corey Stinson from SmallJoes.com reports that Hasbro has informed him his initial allotment of 30th Anniversary figures is processing, and he expects to get them within a week or so.

Last, but not least, over at Fighting 118th, soia339 received a carded Hazard Viper from Asia, and has posted several very nice images of that as well.

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So rejoice Joe fans.  The well has been dry for a little while, but we’re starting to see a trickle.  It only gets better from here!

GeneralsJoes reviews the Pursuit of Cobra G.I. Joe VAMP!

Wait, what?  As I prepared for this review, I tried to spend some time getting some insight from various forums and sites, just trying to figure out what people thought of this vehicle and how much they were anticipating it.  I was shocked with what I read.

There are apparently a lot of Joe fans out there who don’t like the looks of the new VAMP?  Really?  Never would have figured.  I thought it looked like one of the cooler Joe vehicles to come out within the past several years.  Sure, it lacks the nostalgic qualities of the Anniversary retools, but as far as brand, spanking new vehicles go, I was immediately impressed before and after opening the box.

Ah, well…  different strokes for different folks.  Anyway, whether you like the VAMP or not, check out my review on the Pursuit of Cobra Review Page or right here.  You can probably guess what I think of it.